Dr. Hal M. Lewis


  • This American Jewish Life
  • On Becoming an Effective Jewish Leader
  • Models of Jewish Leadership


  • DJS, Spertus Institute, Chicago, IL
  • MA, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
  • BA, Columbia University, New York, NY


Dr. Hal M. Lewis is a prolific writer and popular teacher on leadership. He is a member of the faculty of the Center For Creative Leadership in Greensboro, NC and principal consultant for Leadership For Impact LLC, a leadership consulting practice that serves the needs of nonprofit executives and their boards.

From 2008 to 2018, he served as Spertus Institute’s eighth President and Chief Executive Officer. Before assuming the Presidency, he held positions as Spertus Institute’s Chief Operating Officer and Dean of Continuing Education. In addition, he holds a faculty appointment as Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies.

Dr. Lewis has lectured at universities worldwide and is a popular scholar-in-residence for congregations and communal organizations. Before coming to Spertus, his positions included President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Columbus, executive director of the American Sephardi Federation in New York, and Vice President of Development for the American Cancer Society in Ft. Lauderdale.


  • Models and Meanings in the History of Jewish Leadership (Edwin Mellen Press)
  • From Sanctuary to Boardroom: A Jewish Approach to Leadership (Rowman & Littlefield)